It’s already unfortunate that you’ve had a deep-set cavity that caused you tooth pain. That’s why you visited your dentist in the first place! But now, you find out that you need a filling to seal your teeth from further decay. That would be fine—except that dental office only offers amalgam (metal) fillings. You just went from one dental issue to another by having a dark, attention-drawing spot in your smile.
If you want to improve your oral health discreetly, consider visiting your dentist in New Braunfels for metal-free dental fillings with tooth-colored composite resin.
About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Early dental practices lead dentists to turn to silver fillings for their durability and capacity to seal the tooth from decay. This approach is still used today, but tooth-colored fillings have become more popular over the years. Not only are some patients unable to adjust to them because of allergies, but they also stick out among your natural teeth like a sore thumb.
A tooth-colored filling may also be known as a white filling or a composite resin (the official name for the dental material) filling. The dental material that makes up these fillings is 100% mercury-free, making it the perfect filling option for patients with allergies to metals.
Reasons for a Tooth-Colored Filling
Your New Braunfels dentist may recommend that you get a filling because of a cavity or tooth decay, but there are other reasons why a patient may need a filling to save their smile from further dental problems. For instance, if you have any of these dental issues, Dr. David Earnest may strongly recommend a tooth-colored filling.
- Fractured teeth
- Loss of tooth structure
- Tooth discoloration
- Replacing older fillings
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
The dental material that tooth-colored fillings are composed of offer many benefits over traditional metal fillings. Though metal fillings are effective at treating dental cavities, they can lead to future dental problems. Consider all the benefits of a tooth-colored filling before choosing which dental restoration option is best for you.
- Improved confidence by restoring your smile to a cavity-free appearance.
- Your teeth are safer because composite resin does not expand and contract with temperature differences like metal fillings.
- Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings require fewer amounts of your natural teeth to be removed for placement.
- Composite resin has an intimate relationship between your teeth and your body, making it easy to bond and acclimate to compared to foreign metals.
- Your tooth-colored fillings are custom shaded to perfectly match your surrounding teeth.
- Composite resin will not change colors or discolor your surrounding teeth like metal fillings, no matter how long you have them.
- Tooth-colored fillings are long-lasting and durable with the proper dental care.
Maintaining Your Tooth-Colored Filling
To keep your composite fillings looking their best, and to prevent the need for any more repairs, you’ll want to stay on top of even the most basic oral hygiene. You can follow these helpful tips:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
- Limit sugary snacks and sodas to decrease your chances of tooth decay.
- Visit Comal Dental for routine exams and professional cleanings.
- For extra protection against decay-causing bacteria, try an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Avoid smoking, coffee, teas and other foods that can your tooth-colored fillings.
Contact Comal Dental
When it comes to improving your oral health, fillings are a wonderful way to quickly restore your smile. If you need a filling, contact our office for discreet tooth-colored fillings.